Combining Lexapro And Xanax


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Combining Lexapro And Xanax

I am currently taking 10 mg. Lexapro and 1 mg. Xanax. Will taking these medications together cause any problems?


Medications like Xanax and Lexapro are often used in combination together without any problems.

Lexapro is in an class of medication called SSRI. It is an antidepressant and also helps to lower anxiety levels. With this type of medication, you must take it every day and you might not feel the effects of the medication for several weeks. It is often prescribed for depression and for generalized anxiety disorder.

Xanax is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. These medications are short-acting, which means the effects only last for a short time (usually between four and six hours) after taking the medication. You do not need to take these medications every day, however, some people do. Xanax can be taken on an as-needed basis.

If you are taking Lexapro on a daily basis and Xanax on an as-needed basis, you might find that you do not need the Xanax as often once you have been taking the Lexapro for several months.

It is important to know that using these medications together does increase the risk of side effects such as confusion, drowsiness, loss of coordination, and weakness. If you notice that you are experiencing any of these side effects more frequently, you should discuss with your doctor whether another medication regimen would be better for you.

For more information:

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You should know: The answer above provides general health information that is not intended to replace medical advice or treatment recommendations from a qualified healthcare professional.